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H.W.Cannon isicENT 
A.B.Hepburn^ pBEsa 
J.T.Mills J£ shier 

Ezra Brainerd, LL. D., President, 

Middlebury College, 

Middlebury, Vt. 

My dear Mr. President:- 

I v/as a very attentive and highly entertained 
auditor of the centennial proceedings at Middlehury College this week, 
and wish most sincerely to congratulate you upon the very high character 
of the same and in the very high compliment therein implied to the pres¬ 
ent management of the institution, more especially yourself. Nothing 
was more gratifying than the kindly good fellowship manifested by the 
other New England and surrounding colleges. The parity of standing 
and the equality in good work, so freely conceded and asserted, ms es¬ 
pecially pleasing to all friends of the institution. It must have 
been particularly gratifying to yourself. I sought an opportunity to 
again meet and congratulate you at the close of the Alumni dinner, but 
the proceedings were so enjoyable and long continued that I was com¬ 
pelled to withdraw. 

One thing I remarked, and that was the general opposition on the 
part of students and Alumni to the co-educational features of the in¬ 
stitution. The reserve manifested upon that subject by members of 
the faculty led to the conviction that there was a general opposition 
to this feature of the institution. It would seem to be a very easy 
matter for the College to be rapidly developed along those lines, and 

ifzra Brainerd, LL. D., President 

that it might very materially increase its membership and its field 
for good work by soliciting an increased attendance of young ladies. 
There are so many colleges - old, well established and enjoying excel¬ 
lent reputations - in the immediate vicinage of Middlebury that compe¬ 
tition for young men as students must always be very acute. Smith, 
Holyoke, Vassar and Bryn Mawr are compelled to turn away applicants 
whom they have no room to accommodate, and I came away with the convic¬ 
tion that there was a broad field for excellent work along co-education- 
al lines if Middlebury cared to take it up. I cannot refrain from 
saying that it seems to me it would be good policy to do so, although 
I have had no special opportunities for investigation, nor have I taken 
pains to look into the subject - its pros and cons. You will there¬ 
fore pardon this expression of opinion. 

With kindest regards and best wishes for your future health and 
prosperity, as well as the good, old institution over which you pre¬ 
side, I am 

Very truly yours 

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